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A Fifth of Grog: 5th Anniversary Mai-Kai Mixer SPECIAL EVENT: The Atomic Grog celebrated its fifth anniversary on Saturday, April 30, with a cocktail party in The Molokai lounge at The Mai-Kai featuring live instrumental surf music from Skinny Jimmy Stingray, drink specials, giveaways, and more. PHOTOS, FULL RECAP

Special feature
The Mai-Kai cocktail guide

Okole Maluna Society
Mai-Kai cocktail guide
The Atomic Grog reviews and rates more than 50 of The Mai-Kai's amazing tropical drinks
from the current menu plus reveals many lost classics. Add your comments and ratings, plus check out more than 90 authentic, ancestor and tribute recipes.
Updates, new recipes
Santero's Elixir for Miami Rum Fest
See our list of 99 recipes
The rums of The Mai-Kai

The Mai-Kai news
The Week in Tiki updates

The Mai-Kai mugs and history book on the way
New Mai-Kai mugs released
The Week in Tiki Exciting news for fans of The Mai-Kai with the release of new Tiki mugs and pre-orders for a long-awaited history book.

New Tikis to rise at The Mai-Kai in June
New Tikis to rise at The Mai-Kai in June

Event recaps
Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, April 15-17

RumXP Awards announced at eighth annual spirits fest
Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Plantation won a festival-best eight RumXP awards for the third year in a row, while Hawaii’s Koloa took home seven.
The Mai-Kai pre-party and Santeria Rum cocktail recipe
Miami festival specializes in education, but reminds us that 'rum is fun'

Miami festival boldly explores the next frontier of cane spirits
Miami Rum Renaissance Festival In 2015, the event was less about the big brands flexing their muscle and more about the boutique labels showing off their innovation and commitment to craft.
Special cocktail recipe: Mai-Kai Moai

The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown

Mixologists take Tiki cocktails to new artistic heights at South Beach Wine & Food Festival
The Broken Shaker keeps Tiki title in Miami Beach
A hometown favorite took home the top prize at The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown
at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Feb. 26, while an enthusiastic bar team that traveled more than a thousand miles also came away a winner.
Reviews, ratings of all the cocktails
Exclusive photo gallery
Bonus recipes:
Sweet Micky | Pupule Punch
Pain Reliever | Cesar’s Rum Punch
Photos, review of The Art of Tiki 2015

Hulaween 2015 at The Mai-Kai
The undead get lively
at 7th annual Hulaween party

Hulaween 2015 at The Mai-Kai
The living dead came out in full force on Halloween Eve at The Mai-Kai
in Fort Lauderdale, filling The Molokai bar with creative costumes and partying to the rockabilly sounds of Slip and the Spinouts for the seventh annual Hulaween.
See photos and a full recap

Spirits, cocktails

Navy Rum and Black Tot Day
When men were men, and sailors drank Daiquiris
Pusser's Navy Rum No other spirit has as deep and rich a legacy as rum, best exemplified by the fascinating story of the 300-year history of the daily ration given to members of the British Royal Navy. More than drunken revelry, they should be acknowledged for pioneering the fine craft of blending rums.
New recipe: Atomic Painkiller

National Tequila Day
Spice up your tequila cocktails with fiery gourmet syrups
The Ghost Host A great margarita never goes out of style and has been embraced and elevated by the craft cocktail movement, with great results. One tasty sub-genre is the spicy cocktail, typically infused with hot peppers and myriad spices.
Reviews and recipes:
Habanero Lime Margarita | Ghost Host

Tales of the Cocktail
Signature drink packs a wallop, but can it tame a Hurricane inspired by The Mai-Kai?
The Mai-Kai Hurricane The official cocktail of 12th annual festival that draws tens of thousands of people to New Orleans is not some highbrow cult classic or trendy new concoction. It's the mighty yet maligned Hurricane.
Reviews and recipes: Hurricane Caesar vs. The Mai-Kai Hurricane

Navy Grog ice cone: Lost art is revived by cocktail enthusiasts
Navy Grog ice cones Author and cocktail historian Jeff "Beachbum" Berry solidified his standing as the "Indiana Jones" of Tiki mixology with his first branded product, unearthing a long-lost gadget from the catacombs of mid-century bar culture: Beachbum Berry's Navy Grog Ice Cone Kit.
Related stories
Jeff Berry proves he’s never too busy to be a 'Beachbum'
Potions of the Caribbean: Cruise back to the birthplace of Tiki drinks

Review: Ice sphere molds
Home mixologists can get crafty with ice molds, modern cocktails
Take 5 with Martin Cate of Smuggler's Cove We put two new products to the test, proving that you don't need to be an ice sculptor to join the craft cocktail bandwagon. Plus: A bonus recipe for a new orginal concoction.

Professor Cocktail's Zombie Horde
Zombies regaining critical mass: Book features 86 deadly recipes
Professor Cocktail's Zombie Horde Zombie Horde takes the recipes from some of the world's best bartenders and mixologists from the Zombie's sordid 80-year history and packages them into an easy-read, easy-to-use resource. Our review features recipes, history, analysis, a "Zombie face-off" and more.
Devotees keep Zombie alive

Need a punch recipe for 200? The Rum Rat Pack has it covered
Martin Cate's Punch The experts at The Hukilau's 'Rumposium' showed us how to fill a bowl with 630 ounces of deliciousness (including 240 ounces of rum) with style and flair.

99 bottles of rum on the wall
Rating the top cane spirits
99 bottles of rum on the wall The Atomic Grog recently reached a landmark by acquiring a 99th bottle of rum. The occasion provided even more reason to literally take stock of this booty.

Miami mixologist shows how to jazz up your tired old cocktails
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Freddy Diaz of AlambiQ Mixology demonstrated a few tricks (and recipes) with exotic liqueurs Cherry Heering and Xante pear liqueur at a cocktail seminar at the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Special event
The Hukilau, June 8-12, 2016

The Hukilau guests to take a Tiki Road Trip; new Shag merch
The Hukilau 2016 Take a cross-country road trip to five Tiki bars without leaving The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale. Inspired by the inflluential book, the event will take place poolside at the Pier 66 hotel.
New sponsor rums
Shag glassware, more merch

Raiders of the Lost Tiki Culture symposium, new sponsors, Pier 66 hotel news
The Hukilau 2016 A new symposium on the past, present and future of Tiki will be a groundbreaking gathering of some of the biggest names in the modern revival.

Entertainment, music and symposiums announced, full website launches
The Hukilau 2016 Tickets on sale for all events at the 15th anniversary of the East Coast’s premiere Tiki weekender coming to Pier 66 and The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale. Special guests and entertainers include Shag, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Martin Cate, Paul McGee, Brian Miller, Tikiyaki Orchestra, Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides, The Intoxicators, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, Angie Pontani, Otto von Stroheim, and many more.
Previous: 2016 passes on sale

The Week in Tiki updates
The Hukilau announces new symposium, sponsors
New Tikis to rise at The Mai-Kai in June
First dinner show full, Shag event and hotel near sellout
All Tiki Tower Takeover tickets are taken, 5th bartender announced
All five-day tickets are sold out
Tiki Tower Takeover bartenders return, Marina to perform in expanded Wreck Bar

Shag to help toast The Hukilau's 15th anniversary
The Hukilau 2016 The Hukilau will celebrate its 15th anniversary in June 2016 with a historic celebration of Tiki culture and the 60th anniversary of The Mai-Kai, joined by a very special guest artist. Shag, aka Josh Agle, will provide his artistic talents and also participate in several special events at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 hotel.

The Hukilau 2015 recaps
The HukilauTiki’s top barmen take over the Pier 66 tower | Formidable Dragon tribute recipe

The HukilauThe Hukilau 2015 soars at mid-century marvel Pier 66 hotel

The Hukilau 2015 photo highlights
The Mai-Kai during The Hukilau 2015
Saturday's cocktail symposium, Tiki Treasures Bazaar, mermaids, Main Event at The Mai-Kai, Sunday's Finale
Alika Lyman Group
Friday's Three Hour Tour Cruise, Tiki Treasures Bazaar, Main Event at Pier 66
Tiki Tower Takeover
Thursday’s Tiki Tower Takeover and Kick-Off Party
Wednesday’s mermaid show and pre-party at The Mai-Kai

Tiki culture

10 reasons why you need Sven Kirsten’s new book, Tiki Pop
Tiki Pop by Sven Kirsten The third hardcover opus from acclaimed Tiki urban archaeologist Sven Kirsten puts many pop culture historians to shame, exploring in rich and colorful detail the uniquely American phenomenon that permeated fashion, music, eating, drinking, and architecture for decades.

A deep dive into the history of porthole cocktail lounges and their mysterious mermaids
Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid
If you've ever wondered about the origins of the porthole lounge, or where you can still find one inhabited by live mermaids, then "Cocktails & Fishtails" was a must-see among The Hukilau's symposiums in 2014.
Past coverage
Tiki artists salute The Mai-Kai with one-of-a-kind mugs
PBS stations say aloha to long-awaited documentary
Massive Shag volcano bowl released
Mini Mystery Bowl: Scaled-down version of a classic
6 ways to celebrate Tiki all year long

Ian Burrell Take 5
5 questions with ...

Ian Burrell, the global ambassador of rum
There's nobody better suited to represent rum than the globe-trotting Ian "Rum Ambassador" Burrell, a UK native of Jamaican descent who seems to have the fun and lively spirit running through his veins.

Otto von Stroheim, pioneering promoter and Tiki tastemaker
Otto von Stroheim One cannot imagine what the modern Tiki revival would be like without Otto von Stroheim. A much less festive place, that's for sure. Check out our interview with the founder of Tiki Oasis.

Martin Cate, rum and cocktail maestro
Take 5 with Martin Cate of Smuggler's Cove The owner of Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco talks about his favorite drinks, a possible future project and why every city should have a great Tiki bar. Plus, bonus recipes for two of his most acclaimed cocktails.

Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry, Tiki cocktail historian extraordinaire
Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry We caught up with the author in his natural habitat (The Mai-Kai gardens) and got his take on time travel, his new book, and his most loved (and loathed) drinks.

Take 5 in South Florida
Bar/restaurant pioneer Rodney Mayo
Mai-Kai General Manager Kern Mattei
Artist Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli

In memoriam

Wayne Coombs
Wayne Coombs of Mai Tiki, 1949-2012

Culture & travel

The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Stretching the limits
of the imagination

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is a surreal experience in its own right.
Mermaids alive, well at Weeki Wachee

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Latest news
The Week in Tiki - March 16-31

Lost Lake fire and more Tiki bar news, event previews, Lemon Hart rum returning?
The Week in Tiki
Late March was punctuated by upheaval in the Tiki bar world, including a fire at Lost Lake in Chicago
and the confirmed closing of Trader Vic's in Portland. We also have updates on the upcoming Pacific Seas in Los Angeles and False Idol in San Diego, among others. Event previews include The Atomic Grog's fifth anniversary party, Ohana: Luau at the Lake, and Tiki Kon. We investigate the rumored return of Lemon Hart, the upcoming Midwest Rum Festival, plus more rum news. Quick sips include Thor joining the Tiki Farm team, a new bar at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, a new Tiki-flavored pulp novella, and the aborted end of a re-creation of the voyage of the Kon-Tiki. Regular features spotlight legendary carver Milan Guanko; longtime Tiki entertainer King Kukulele; the historic Tiki bar La Mariana Sailing Club in Honolulu; and the video series Rum Minute. The rum the week, Sailor Jerry, is featured in the Wicked Wahine cocktail.
• Weekly features: Artist | Band/music
Bar | Website | Rum | Cocktail | Events
The Week in Tiki archive

The Week in Tiki - March 1-15
Trader Vic’s Portland closes, The Hukilau and more event updates
The Week in Tiki Some sad news out of Portland with the unexpected closing of Trader Vic's. Meanwhile in South Florida, The Hukilau announces an exciting new symposium. Other event updates include Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, Tiki Fest in the Pacific Northwest, Ohana: Luau at the Lake, and Tiki Kon. Regular features spotlight lowbrow art legend Von Franco; sizzling San Diego surf band Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides; and the Luau, a historic restaurant from Miami Beach's heyday. Learn about rum at the website of the week, RumJourney.com, before sampling the rum and cocktail of the week: Don Q Cristal and Val's Daiquiri from New York City's End of the Century.

More from 2016
• Feb. 16-29: Rum and Tiki event roundup, new Tiki bars in D.C., S.F., photos and event recaps
• Feb. 1-15: Aloha to 5 new Tiki bars across the U.S., Shag at Modernism Week, Plantation Pineapple rum, plus more
• Jan. 16-31: The Mai-Kai mugs and history book, The Art of Tiki updates, Shag events and art, plus more
• Jan. 1-15: New Tikis to rise at The Mai-Kai, Lost Lake honored, Smuggler's Cove book release, Tiki in SoBe

Special feature
The Year in Tiki 2015

Legends lost, but revival becomes renaissance with new bars, music, art and more
The Year in Tiki It was a year of both sadness and elation, when some legends were lost but the world of Tiki made great strides. We were bolstered by the fact that a new generation of artists and musicians are taking inspiration from the past and creating an incredible new body of work. And Tiki culture was embraced and celebrated across the country at sold-out events and a whole new wave of bars.

More from 2015
• Dec. 14-31: Preview new Tiki bars coming in 2016, festive New Year's events, a new Kon-Tiki voyage
• Nov. 30-Dec. 13: The Mai-Kai anniversary party, The Hukilau updates, Jungle Cruise restaurant at Disney World, Polynesian Resort lights torches

The Pizz
• Aug. 24-Sept. 6: Art icon The Pizz dies, September event previews and news, Tiki returns to South Beach fest

Tiki Oasis
• Aug. 10-23: Tiki Oasis soars to new heights, plus D23 thrills Disney fans, The Hukilau 2016, more summer news
• July 27-Aug. 9: Tiki Oasis blasts off, plus Summer event recaps, more rum and cocktail news
• May 18-25: New Beachbum Berry barware, The Hukilau

Robert Drasnin's Voodoo
• May 11-17: Robert Drasnin, master of exotica, dead at 87

The Week in Tiki • April 27-May 3: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto grand opening
• April 20-26: Rum fest invades Miami, S. Fla.’s underwater Easter Island, Shag goes to ‘The Twilight Zone’

The Week in Tiki • April 6-12: Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows open

Music

South Florida scene: Gold Dust Lounge
Band sets sail on adventurous journey with Lost Sunset
Gold Dust Lounge at The Mai-Kai during The Hukilau 2014 A week after performing a sold-out show at The Mai-Kai during The Hukilau, the eclectic Miami band celebrated the release of the Kickstarter-funded Lost Sunset album.

Dick Dale exclusive interview & photos
Cancer survivor and rock legend: 'I had both feet in the grave'
Dick Dale at Grand Central in Miami on April 25, 2013 Rock 'n' roll icon Dick Dale is in the midst of a career resurgence at age 76, despite battling cancer and other serious health issues that would have derailed musicians half his age. Check out our exclusive interview and photos from his 2013 concert in Miami.
See the interview | Photos
• Related: Laramie Dean/Jimmy Dale concert photos | Laramie Dean interview

S. Fla. features, reviews

Book makes waves, gives state's rich surfing history its due
When you examine the sport of surfing and its surrounding culture, Florida is sometimes overlooked while hot spots such as California and Hawaii grab the spotlight. A new book could go a long way toward changing that perception.
Past coverage
Florida at forefront of surf rock's contemporary renaissance

Bars and restaurants
Sweetwater Bar & Grill
Dada in embraces rum
Innovative watering holes fuel rise of craft cocktails
A Taste Of ... Dada
Hullabaloo jazzes up Clematis Street with inventive cocktails
Sweetwater introduces new cocktails, huge spirits menu
Sweetwater: Shining beacon in food and drink wasteland

Retro culture

Modern Retro Disney World
Enchanted Tiki Room still charms, inspires
Walt Disney World's Enchanted Tiki Room Keeping Walt Disney's vision alive since 1971, this landmark theme park attraction received a welcome refurbishment in 2011 that heralded the return of the vintage show that pays tribute to the original Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland.
Enchanted Tiki Room 50th anniversary

A journey back in time uncovers author's 'Disney side'
My first visit to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando was in 1972, but it wasn't until decades later that events conspired to make me a fan for life.
Retro Disney World
30 years of Epcot magic
Artists shine at 40th birthday party
Disney World is still cool at 40

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